The word “best” in this title is, of course, subjective. What this gallery of a post features are some of my favorite boy with a hat paintings from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Boys wearing hats are an interesting subject in painting. They wear on their faces the innocence of their young age, but mingled with it are other feelings or moods, not all of them straightforward.
Not all of these paintings are what you would call cute: take the boy with a hatchet, for example.
To some extent, these paintings chart hat styles through the ages. Not two of the hats are quite alike, are they?
Let’s not forget that not so long ago, hats were about as ubiquitous as sports caps are today, and decidedly more stylish…
What do you make of these paintings? Is there any one in particular you like?